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Energising the future effectively

A new highly energy-efficient foundry being built for Scania in Sweden will benefit from the superior capabilities of the latest induction melting equipment.

A proven track record, exceptional performance proficiencies and the renown technical expertise of Inductotherm Europe Ltd, has resulted in the company being chosen to supply furnaces that will prove highly efficient in terms of melting and heat recovery.

Scania will invest around 1.5 billion Swedish crowns (approximately €150m) in the new foundry in Södertälje, Sweden which will enable the company to triple production capacity.

The energy usage per tonne produced in the new foundry is expected to be fifty per cent lower than in the existing facility. The largest energy gains will be obtained through improvements in the casting process and recovery of the heat this generates. 

Central to the facility will be two 8000kw Dual Trak® systems and four 14t furnaces. Speaking about the project, Inductotherm’s Jon Stear said: “There is a heavy focus on energy efficiency in equipment and auxiliary systems, cooling systems and heat recovery. We are delighted to be involved with this exciting project and to show what our technology can achieve.”

The investment in a completely new foundry is one of Scania’s largest single investments in an entirely new industrial plant. The investment decision was preceded by a comprehensive analysis of various alternatives, such as increased purchasing from external suppliers or a conversion and extension of the existing foundry.

“In the ongoing shift towards a fossil-free society, even more energy-efficient combustion engines as well as combustion engines that operate on biofuels and gas will be needed. In particular for trucks and buses in long distance transport. The new foundry will be instrumental in providing such engines,” says Ruthger de Vries, executive vice president, head of production and logistics at Scania.

Scania’s decision to invest in a completely new foundry was based on consideration of the local environmental impact in the form of noise and emissions from the operations and also from goods transport services. The current foundry, which was constructed in 1914, is located in an industrial estate close to central Södertälje, while the new plant is being built in one of the outlying areas of the city at Tveta industrial estate, situated west of the E20 route.

The foundry will be operated using electricity produced from renewable energy sources. At full capacity utilisation, the new foundry will employ the same number of people as the existing foundry, almost 200 employees.

Inductotherm equipment is installed in a number of foundries and OEMs around the world and the world-leading supplier has long been working with companies to achieve their production requirements in the most effective and efficient manner. Energy saving technology and automated, connected systems have been key principles of the technological advancements made by the company over the years.

Contact: Jon Stear, Inductotherm Europe Ltd, The Furlong, Berry Hill, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 9AH UK, Tel: +44 (0) 1905 795100, email: sales@inductotherm.co.uk web: www.inductotherm.co.uk